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    (Original post by DJTom)
    ok cool. how are they going? yeah i have started both courses if thats what you mean.
    Both are hurting upstairs. I'm not sure if that's good or bad :cool:
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    (Original post by Moggs)
    Both are hurting upstairs. I'm not sure if that's good or bad :cool:
    ok?
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    Hows it going guys & girls for you?


    A day ago I completed my first tma for U213, gotta do another one for dd101 this weekend!
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    I failed my Planets course, no resit. It doesn't really matter because I was putting the science on hold for the psychology anyway, and I did rush through it all. Waste of £150 though :sad:
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    Hi there

    I've been thinking of doing one of these for a while (probably Chemistry with Maths). Just wondering:
    1. How much value do employers give it compared to a traditional degree?
    2. Do you find the modules are well-structured and well-explained?
    3. Is there an option of going to a traditional university at a later stage?

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by addylad)
    Hi there

    I've been thinking of doing one of these for a while (probably Chemistry with Maths). Just wondering:
    1. How much value do employers give it compared to a traditional degree?
    2. Do you find the modules are well-structured and well-explained?
    3. Is there an option of going to a traditional university at a later stage?

    Thanks.
    1. the same i think!
    2. yes there's lots of information. it's designed so that you can find all the info on your own without t he help of a lecturer.
    3. yes

    in other news... i'm behind on ed209. i'm very behind on aa100. do i care at the minute? no, not really... i'm going to get the chapter for tma06 done then do the tma, and then i'll just have the eca+ and reflective assignment left... ed209 well i don't know, i need to hurry up with that >.<
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    (Original post by ~ Purple Rose ~)
    I failed my Planets course, no resit. It doesn't really matter because I was putting the science on hold for the psychology anyway, and I did rush through it all. Waste of £150 though :sad:
    how was the plants course overall.
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    (Original post by ~ Purple Rose ~)
    I failed my Planets course, no resit. It doesn't really matter because I was putting the science on hold for the psychology anyway, and I did rush through it all. Waste of £150 though :sad:
    ohh no!!!
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    (Original post by Juno)
    I got my first TMA back for DD309. I got 52 :sad:
    Does the course have lots of TMA's? Having a play with the result calculator for T207, you could get about 50 for the first 10% weighted TMA and still be able to get a distinction overall by scoring high 80's in the next ones. As DD309 is a 60 pointer, I suspect a strong result would still be very possible.

    (Original post by ~ Purple Rose ~)
    I failed my Planets course, no resit. It doesn't really matter because I was putting the science on hold for the psychology anyway, and I did rush through it all. Waste of £150 though :sad:
    Sorry to hear that :console:. If it was for personal interest though, I'm guessing all the materials are yours, so you could read over another time maybe. As long as it doesn't affect your future studies it's :cool:
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    im still waiting for the return of my tma 5, been two weeks.
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    (Original post by inksplodge)
    1. the same i think!
    2. yes there's lots of information. it's designed so that you can find all the info on your own without t he help of a lecturer.
    3. yes
    Thanks. So, I also heard that some courses have exams too, and that you have to go to an exam centre to do it... can you shed any light on this? D:
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    Having secured a place at uni for September, I'm probably going to cancel my place on DB123 as my likely firm have said they're not bothered about me doing it and I think I'd be better using my time to brush up on my maths and my money to save up for the old uni fund :p:

    I nearly cancelled yesterday but it makes me too sad. I like the OU
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    (Original post by addylad)
    Thanks. So, I also heard that some courses have exams too, and that you have to go to an exam centre to do it... can you shed any light on this? D:
    Yes some courses do have exams. You will have to go to a specific place to do this. They could be anywhere from local universities to sports centres, churches, community halls, wherever the OU can hire space basically. Shouldn't be too far from your house. What is it you want to know about them?
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    (Original post by inksplodge)
    im still waiting for the return of my tma 5, been two weeks.
    My tutors seem pretty quick atm

    (Original post by Moggs)
    Does the course have lots of TMA's? Having a play with the result calculator for T207, you could get about 50 for the first 10% weighted TMA and still be able to get a distinction overall by scoring high 80's in the next ones. As DD309 is a 60 pointer, I suspect a strong result would still be very possible.

    6 of em, but the first 3 are 20% each :eek:
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    (Original post by Juno)
    My tutors seem pretty quick atm
    well my 2nd tutor said she is busy atm so will start this coming week, but thats okay. and my other tutor just annoys me with the turnaround time.
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    (Original post by alibee)
    Yes some courses do have exams. You will have to go to a specific place to do this. They could be anywhere from local universities to sports centres, churches, community halls, wherever the OU can hire space basically. Shouldn't be too far from your house. What is it you want to know about them?
    Do they tend to contribute to your final mark, or are they 100% of it? Are exams compulsory for some OU degrees?

    Also, I'm interested as to whether you can, say, go on from an OU degree to do a masters at a traditional university, or is this not possible? Would they even accept someone in this scenario?

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by addylad)
    Thanks. So, I also heard that some courses have exams too, and that you have to go to an exam centre to do it... can you shed any light on this? D:
    im' not sure sorry cos i haven't done one yet! i think you go to a designed place somewhere
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    (Original post by addylad)
    Do they tend to contribute to your final mark, or are they 100% of it? Are exams compulsory for some OU degrees?

    Also, I've heard the title 'OU degrees' given to degrees that mix-and-match various courses. I'm interested as to whether you can, say, go on to do a masters from one of these directly at a traditional university, or is this not possible?

    Thanks.
    id say the compulsory courses have exams for some named degrees. if you just do an open degree it doesnt matter.
    they have part of the final mark. i think theres OES and OCAS on all of them? so you get a mark based on the TMAs and then a mark based on OES [exam/eca] not sure how they work it out after that, id say each one is worth x amount...
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    (Original post by Juno)
    6 of em, but the first 3 are 20% each :eek:
    :eek: Talk about dropping you in at the deep end. As the first TMA doesn't have a lower weighting, I'm assuming they allow you a substitution. A bit harsh if not.
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    (Original post by addylad)
    Do they tend to contribute to your final mark, or are they 100% of it? Are exams compulsory for some OU degrees?

    Also, I'm interested as to whether you can, say, go on from an OU degree to do a masters at a traditional university, or is this not possible? Would they even accept someone in this scenario?

    Thanks.
    If you want a named degree, you're going to have to do a good few exams. It should be possible to choose courses to get an open degree that don't involve exams but you have to ask yourself if you'll do as well as you could with that as it's hit and miss whether a course has an exam or not so you might have to pick an odd combination of courses to avoid them.

    In most courses, you'll end up with an overall grade on your coursework and then a grade on your exam. Your grade for the course will normally be the lower of the two.

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